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What Lies Beneath

Robert Zemeckis' attempt at a glossy suspense thriller was cruelly undermined by a stupidly explicit, needlessly revelatory marketing campaign, but those who skipped the film after catching monumental third-act plot twists in a 30-second TV ad spared themselves from a silly, overlong, yet skillfully constructed potboiler. When their only daughter leaves for college, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Norman (Harrison Ford) get to know each other a little better, but with this couple the skeletons aren't in the closet. Zemeckis' takes a cunning approach, but is too often given to fits of silliness. Ford and Pfeiffer provide the main appeal, with charismatic and thankfully restrained performances. Another solid DreamWorks presentation, in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby 2.0 Surround. Includes commentary by director Zemeckis and an HBO "First Look" featurette. Trailers, keep-case.
—Gregory P. Dorr

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